Position: Offensive Line
Height /Weight: 6-2 / 285
Hometown: Hazlet, N.J.
High School: Raritan HS
Major: Electrical Engineering
At Delaware: Second-year member of the squad as an offensive lineman • redshirt freshman who is slated to open season as No. 2 left guard behind first-year starter JD Dzurko • key part of rebuilding offensive line that must replace four starters, including All-Americans and NFL hopefuls Gino Gradkowski and Shea Allard • outstanding young prospect who had the chance to learn system from veteran group in 2011 • earned one of three UD Strength & Conditioning Grinder Awards for 2011-12 for showing consistent improvement.
2011 Season: Did not see game action for the Blue Hens and retained freshman eligibility • team went 7-4 under head coach K.C. Keeler • Delaware's first commitment to recruiting class • member of Colonial Athletic Association Academic Honor Roll.
High School: Two-way lineman for head coach Anthony Petruzzi at Raritan High School • two-year varsity letterwinner who served as team captain as a senior • earned all-division and All-Shore honors as a senior • earned All-Shore Academic honors and received the 2010 Vince Lombardi Award for conduct in championship game • started every game at offensive line his final two seasons and every game on defense his senior year • recorded 35 tackles as a senior • led team to an 8-3 record and a berth in the Central Jersey Group 2 semifinals in 2009 and to a 6-4 mark in 2010 • lettered in track and field as a junior in 2010 as a shot putter and discus thrower.
Personal: Christian O. Marchena ("mar-chenna) • son of Jose and Grace Marchena • born May 6, 1993 • has a younger sister • honor student as an electrical engineering major at Delaware • father is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.Back To Football Home Football Story Archive